For Your Weekend

for your weekend

We confess our fear of community–how we both crave and dread it at the same time. We confess our tendency to lurch and limp through interactions with people. May we be sensitive to the ways our words land in the hearts of others. May we be quick to turn to you when the words of others land heavy in ours. Show us the people you ask us to love and give us the courage to be loved in return.

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Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads (and giveaways!) for along the way:

Simply Tuesday Party! by Martha Kimball // Because sometimes you need to see things from someone else’s point of view. Martha came to our release party At the White Barn and shares her perspective through words and photos.

Sunset by Sarah Bessey // Because when change comes, we only know what we are leaving behind but don’t always know what’s coming. And this is a reminder of  what we can see once we get to the top of the hill.

How to Love Well by Crystal Stine // Because true friends are the ones who aren’t impressed by you.

Book Giveaways! // Because free books! (Including Simply Tuesday):

  • Jessica Turner // Win a box of NINE great books (I could list them all but I don’t want to – go check it out!)
  • #SharingSimplyTuesday // You have until tomorrow night to enter to win my Sharing Simply Tuesday giveaway (Two $100 Barnes and Noble gift cards, 2 Yay Tuesday tees, 2 calendar packs, 2 personalized signed copies of Simply Tuesday). Check out the details of how to enter here.

Chatting at the Sky Shop // Because if you aren’t entering the giveaway, maybe you still need a Yay Tuesday tee in your life and here is where you can get one. A few sizes are sold out but maybe we still have yours!

For Your Weekend

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As we anticipate the milestones – the tearful goodbyes and nervous hellos – may we remember these firsts and lasts are small parts of the great big middle. The next step is natural and good even as we may grieve all we leave behind.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

  • 13 Final Lines of TV Shows That Will Make You Tear Up by Andy Neuenschwander for BuzzFeed // Because these are all wildly successful shows, but most of the final lines the writers chose to end them represent normal, everyday moments. That seems significant to me.
  • Hope for When You Feel Small, a post I wrote  for Ann Voskamp // Because sometimes it’s easy to focus on the stage and forget sacred things happen in the stairwells, too.
  • When I Grow Up by Compassion International // Because these children may live in poverty, but poverty doesn’t live in them – as evidenced by these faces filled with hope for the future.
  • The Hope*ologie Podcast with Dad, Sister, and me // Because maybe you need some family kind of company in your earbuds this weekend, and this easy conversation about hope, smallness, and writing could be just right. Listen here on Soundcloud or here on iTunes.
  • Book Signing at Barnes & Noble // Because I’ll be at my local B&N on Tuesday August 25 at 7 pm and I would love to see you there if you live nearby! (3102 Northline Ave Greensboro, NC)

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“Careful! I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can’t get around. But the stone is me! If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me on the way, not in the way.”

– Romans 9:33, The Message

For when you can’t get the funding, didn’t get the job, or can’t seem to budge the results -

When her heart is breaking and you can’t fix it, when his mind is made up and you can’t change it, or when a friend is moving away -

For all the times you long for answers, resolutions, clarity and control but no amount of plans or will power seem to make a difference -

May you find surprising comfort in the presence of our friend Jesus who doesn’t always show us the way but instead becomes the way on our behalf.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads:

  • I Was Saved But I Lost My Soul by Ed Cyzewski // Because maybe you are headed into a shifting-sand kind of week and you need to remember the steady, solid ground of Christ.
  • A Word of Freedom and Hope to Parents by Lara Williams // Because whether you home school, public school, private school, or some other kind of school, we all teach our children. And Lara reminds us it can be as simple as a bedtime prayer.
  • When Your Voice is Muted by Elizabeth Maxon // Because she is on my launch team for Simply Tuesday and the call she refers to was our team call! And I think we can all relate to feeling like we have no voice in one way or another. Her words are good ones.
  • Free Conversation Guide // Because Simply Tuesday releases in 3 days and I wrote this guide just for you. (PS. I would rather write a whole new book than write another group guide  – so hard for me!) If you buy the book before August 28, you’ll get the group conversation guide free. After that, it will only be available if you buy more than one copy. So now is the time! Fill out this simple form and you’ll receive the link to download it.

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As the current season moves daily closer to the next one, may we take comfort in this familiar rhythm of change. May we remember how each season rests quietly inside the last until God calls it forth. This is true for our trees as well as our hearts. May we have eyes to see hope, patience to wait, and courage to move when it’s time.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a lot of reads and links for along the way:

  • Freedom for a Heart Held Hostage by Hustle // Because as August gives way to a new school year, maybe you need some hope in the midst of the hustle. And also because (in)courage is giving away a sweet gift basket to five of you who sign up.
  • Reading Chapter One to You // Because one night last week, after the sun went down and the cicadas started their summertime song, I huddled in a quiet corner at Mom and Dad’s house and read the first 40 pages of Simply Tuesday into a microphone. And this is where you can download and listen. I’ll be heartfelt company for you even though I read a little too fast.

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For Your Weekend

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Here on this first day of August, as we allow ourselves to glance into the days and weeks to come, may we keep our hearts light even as our hands begin to mark down fall plans on the calendar. May we remember to treat fear like an armed enemy, refusing to let him come into our homes, sit at our tables, and feast on our hope. Instead, let’s welcome Peace into the room, Joy into our hearts, and Love to the head of the table.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

  • Self-Care That Satisfies by Nina Nelson for The Art of Simple // Because I’m an INFJ too and these are good reminders.
  • Skinny Jeans are Officially Over by Jessica Misener for Buzzfeed // Because I’m not sure how true this is, but it’s a step in the right direction. Air for ankles!

Every Saturday, I share a short blessing and a few good reads. To get these posts delivered into your inbox, simply sign up here and you’ll immediately receive an ebook I wrote, a week-long guide to help you create a little space for your soul to breathe.

For Your Weekend

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Here at the end of hot July, as the grass begins to turn from bright green to tired brown, may we remember how our friend Jesus brings life to the most wilted souls. When our Father peers into our hearts, may he work his secret miracles: shaping our anxiety into peace, our comparison into compassion, and our doubt into hope.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way:

Communion on the Moon, July 20, 1969 by Eric Metaxas // Because I didn’t know he did this, did you? And thinking about an astronaut bringing the communion table to the moon is just the most delightful image I’ve had all week.

When You’re More Than Ready to Get to Wake Up Singing by Liz Curtis Higgs for Ann Voskamp // Because I was in that room with the praying, singing women and I had no idea Liz fell asleep, but reading about it has made me laugh and then her reflections afterward have made me cry.

Grace for the Good Girl ebook only 1.99 through Sunday // Because maybe you need a reminder that God doesn’t need you to achieve for him, but he’s inviting you to receive from him. And you can get the whole book plus the leader guide for less than 2 dollars.

Simply Tuesday book page // Because after writing four books, this is the first time I’ve had a book landing page and I’m proud of how it turned out. It’s not fancy but it does the simple job of letting you know what to expect, what some kind people are saying about the book, and the free video series we created for you. I hope you’ll sign up to receive it!

How I Keep Track of What I’m Learning by me // Because it’s almost the end of July and this Friday I will host our monthly What We Learned link up – so here are a few practical ways I’ve found to record what I’m learning and maybe they’ll help you too.

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